Movies that are slightly off.
The Games...The Romance...The Spirit...Camelot is a state of mind.
George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
One of those crazy and unique movies that it's sort of impossible to rate. On the one hand, George Romero isn't as good a dramatist as he is a genre stylist, so a lot of the scenes in this are hide-under-the-moat embarrassing. But on the other hand it's such a singular vision and exploration of themes that were obviously important to Romero that it's always fascinating (the fact that it's chock full of awesome motorcycle stunts doesn't hurt either).
Also in this movie's favor are two powerhouse performances from Ed Harris and Tom Savini. As ridiculous as this movie gets (and that is a significant figure), they're never anything but committed to their characters.
I love that Romero is so earthy a filmmaker that his idea of glitzy showbiz decadence is a bunch of dudes smashing lamps over each other in a cheap motel room.
You know that feeling when you strike pure movie making gold? George A. Romero's Knightriders may be hardcore ridiculous but beautifully and profoundly ridiculous. This is a movie about a traveling Renaissance Fair that uses motorcycles instead of horses and stars Ed Harris and Dr. Gore Tom Savini. That right there is the definition of cult film. Sounds like a fun 90 minute romp hey? NAH this thing is 2 and half hours because it isn't even really about a Ren Fair it's about the American Dream BABY! This is the Boogie Nights of Ren Fair movies. George A. Romero didn't sellout to the big show, even when they were pillaging his livelihood. George A. Romero is a GODDAMN king in a world of filthy Black Knights trying to take the crown. Bow down.
A 2 1/2 hour George Romero film about medieval re-enactors including Ed Harris and Tom fuckin' Savini. Instead of horses they ride and joust on motorbikes. I was always going to love this.
I quickly got over how silly this all was by the general awesomeness on display. Great stunts, ace music by Donald Rubenstein (he's even in this one as a cool musician dude serenading Harris) and enough delicious subtext to make up for the last however many dodgy zombie films from George. Well, maybe not quite.
Let us ride to Camelot! It is a silly place.
Here, George Miller, this is how you set up some serious high-octane clashes. Your dirt has glitter mixed all over it. Romero's dirt stares you right in the face and spits in your eye.
A 144 minute movie about Knights on Motorbikes???
A 144 minute Film about the internal struggle to choose artistic & spiritual freedom over fame & money and about finding happiness in your true identity.
An utterly unique and deeply personal adventure/drama from George A. Romero about a modern-day traveling Renaissance fair, in which the knights use motorcycles instead of horses, KNIGHTRIDERS is truly a strange bird of a film, but it's one of my all-time favorites.
In his very first leading film role, Ed Harris is characteristically intense and charismatic as the troupe's "King," whose commitment to living by an ancient code comes into conflict with power struggles among the knights and unwanted attention from media.
The cast is awesome and loaded with Romero alums, past and future. In addition to the biggest and most interesting acting role that Tom Savini has ever had (one that makes excellent usage of the FX genius's natural…
I had, of course, heard of this movie. It’s that weird-ass movie about knights on motorcycles. So that’s what I expected going into it. Instead, I got a fairly good, rather gritty (I hate that word, but can’t think of anything better) drama about the lives of a close-knit group of traveling performers and weirdos.
Bonus points for the gay representation, by the way: There’s a few openly gay characters, and it’s never really played for laughs, more as a “So that’s one aspect of this dude’s character” type deal.
Surprisingly, I haven't seen this Romero classic and I think it may now be one of my favorites. Essentially the debut of Ed Harris as an actor (bit parts don't count) in the hands of many others, it would seem goofy or hammy but Harris grounds it just enough to believe it. Romero regular Tom Savini is also pretty good as a semi-antagonist who by the same token respects his "leader".
Love Ren Fairs Love Motorcycles Love Trumpets Love Tom Savini as an Actor, I got a Movie For YOU!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Back when motorcycle gangs were really into LARP-ing. But then reality hits you like a truck.
Take a drink every time you spot a Romero regular cast member...if you dare.
Special appearance by Stephen King as "Hoagie Man".
CAMELOT IS A STATE OF MIND
I really loved this!
141 minutes just blew away.
Could, for all I know, be the best film George A Romero have made.
Romero manages CLEVERLY, somehow to channel both the chivalry and the primitiveness of medieval life into these ANACHRONISTIC jousting Knights on motorcycles. Everything feels right and perfectly ordinary.
There is gallantry, fame, purity, ambitions, history to be made, but also everyday hassles, lack of funds, rivalry, oppression and there is the need to compromise in an uncompromising time.
This is happening during the start of Reagan-era 1980's America.
A time that could be as oppressive as medieval times to some.
Ed Harris is no less than MAGNIFICENT as King Billy.
No zombies, no virus, no killer monkeys. Romero must've inspired that restaurant that is showed on Cable Guy, Medieval Times? Is that place still open? Also Sons of Anarchy found inspiration here. A big one. Anyway, it's a troupe of knights that fight and really believe in a medieval code,especially a hard-on Ed Harris. It's romantic, action packed, even poetic. The final scenes are so good and the stunts involving bikes and all that fighting is top notch. A rare little gem from a true original artist. Off the fucking shame list!
An overlooked Romero gem!